We are so elated to be able to have Rob Shirakbari (also known as Rob Shrock) as a guest speaker for this year camp. Shirakbari is the Music Director for pop/soul icon, DIONNE WARWICK, and for years Rob was the keyboardist, arranger and music director for legendary composer, BURT BACHARACH. He is currently the producer, arranger and songwriting partner for UK artist, RUMER.
Rob is a musical Renaissance Man. A true jack-of-all-trades and master of many, indeed, he is at equal ease playing Debussy on the piano or rocking a B-3 organ, orchestrating and conducting for a symphony orchestra or thrashing a Les Paul through a Marshall, programming a drum beat or grooving on an electric bass.
Behind the glass, Rob can guide an artist with the wisdom of a seasoned producer or roll up his sleeves and engineer the session alongside the best technicians. He has produced and recorded with a wide range of artists and projects.
Rob has recorded and performed with legendary artists such as Duffy, Rumer, Adele, Elvis Costello, Leann Rimes, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde, Ray Charles, Faith Hill, Sir Cliff Richard, Wynonna, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Alexandra Burke, Chris Botti, Rufus Wainwright, Joe McElderry, Garth Brooks, Jamie Cullum, Michael Bublé, Peabo Bryson, ‘N Sync, Clay Aiken, Rubben Studdard, Kristy Lee Cook, Boy George, Caro Emerald, Ivan Lins, Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra, Queen Latifah, David Foster, Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Folds, Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborn, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Ronald Isley and a host of others.